Pop Jam: Iman’s “Wishing”

Somewhere between atmospheric electro pop jams and dancefloor bangers lies Iman‘s brand new single, “Wishing.” The London-based independent artist has been best known until now for writing and recording with Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, and was also called into writing sessions for Kanye West. But her smooth and sweet voice is quickly coming to the fore, as she gains international attention, and this new single demonstrates why. The clever and precise production is subtle enough to pull off the trick of creating a mellow vibe for a should-be dance pop hit.

Meanwhile, Iman is in the midst of a tour funded by a grant from PRS For Music Foundation. Here are the dates:

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Go West Young Aloud – Tour Dates And New Single

Our very own hometown of Boston is losing one of its great rock and roll bands. Aloud, who you might remember hearing about on these very virtual pages, are moving out to Los Angeles, but they’re leaving us some parting gifts. Firstly, they will of course be touring their way out west. The No Sleep ‘Til LA tour commences April 24th in Manhattan. See the current list of dates below. Secondly, they’ll be releasing a new limited edition, double A-side 7″ single – “Empty House” / “Falling Out Of Love” on the same date, which you can pre-order now, right here.

While we await the new songs, let’s enjoy this one, shall we?

Don’t forget to see the tour dates below. Aloud is the real deal. Catch them if you can.

NO SLEEP TIL LA TOUR:

4/24 • New York City, NY • Berlin
with Gillian, The Come On

4/25 • Pittsburgh, PA • James Street Downstairs
with Park Plan, Zoob

4/26 • Grand Ledge, MI • The Fledge
with Hat Madder, Tidal, Stop Bobby Hatch

4/27 • Chicago, IL • Quenchers
with The Runaway Five, Jesse W. Johnson and Coyote Scream

5/2 • Denver, CO • Mercury Cafe
with Married a Dead Man

5/4 • Albuquerque, NM • Burt’s Tiki Lounge
with Gerunding, Eileen & the In-Betweens, Train Conductor

5/6 • Los Angeles, CA • El Cid
with Jacob the Horse

(additional tour dates TBA)

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“Supernatural” By The Love Elektrik

Nashville pop/funk band The Love Elektrik burst onto our charts just a few months ago, and have been featured on our radio show a couple of times already. They’ve now released their new single, “Supernatural,” a catchy, slow burner about which the band says, “We’re not 100% sure, but we think this song is about an encounter with a vampire stripper at an EDM festival. Listen and decide for yourself!” You know…that old chestnut. Listen below, and buy it here.


 

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Philadelphia’s Viv and the Revival have been on our radar for a long time now, and their progression as artists has been incredibly impressive to see. Viv Peyrat was already crafting sophisticated pop songs when, in 2012, he earned the opportunity on OurStage to have his winning track “Fire” featured in a campaign for the London Olympics on NBC. Just a few days ago he released a new single called “Faded,” and it finds Viv at the top of his game. The song has a great groove, driving but atmospheric, punctuated with acoustic guitars, and all glued together by Viv’s smooth and soulful vocal. He closes the deal with a delicious hook and a great lyric. Listen below.

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Hungarian artist Naked Woods (aka Eszter Polyák) makes unassuming mini-epics that are difficult to classify. They sound comfortingly familiar while remaining remarkably original. On the new single “Clouds of the Storm,” some New Order-esque musical changes, a bit of Cyndi Lauper vocal inflection, and a wholly modern electronic groove make for an engrossing listen. Polyák creates, records, and mixes her music herself, and with each release sounds increasingly confident. Listen below.

 

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Yonas Debuts Video For “Photo”

Yonas and director Mike Squires have teamed up again (truth be told, it seems like they never stop working) for the official video for “Photo.” It’s an instant classic. Not only is the video straight up hilarious, with Yonas making appearances in iconic images from Einstein and Ali to Kim Kardashian and Stranger Things, but the driving and intense single is one of the best we’ve heard from the Bronx rapper.

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